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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 08, 2013, 01:13:15 AM »
You can take the train to Tokyo which is about 50 min IIRC. Quite confusing as not many ppl speak english but you will figure it out. What time will you land?

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: February 08, 2013, 01:15:27 AM »
As odd as it sounds, it's relatively hard to find ATMs in Tokyo and many places (including the subway) do not accept cc. Make sure you leave the airport with enough cash.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: February 08, 2013, 01:23:35 AM »
You can take the train to Tokyo which is about 50 min IIRC. Quite confusing as not many ppl speak english but you will figure it out. What time will you land?
Land 7:40am leave 5PM
As odd as it sounds, it's relatively hard to find ATMs in Tokyo and many places (including the subway) do not accept cc. Make sure you leave the airport with enough cash.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #33 on: February 08, 2013, 01:53:50 AM »
Land 7:40am leave 5PM Interesting. Thanks!
That is good it gives you the daytime. You can go to Asakusa, which is reachable by subway once you get to the main train station in Tokyo, forgot which line (may be the Ginza line). That is the old Tokyo, lots of cool architecture and ppl running around in long japanese robes etc. There is a huge temple there which we did not go into of course. Then from there you can catch a subway to Akihabara, which is this huge electronic store, about 7 stories high with everything digital and then some. You can go up Tokyo tower to see the city from above, I was there at night. The ppl though are the best part. Anyone who knew any English when I asked them directions instead of telling me where to go they would walk me until I found it. This happened every single time and often it would take them out of their way by a good ten minuted. They are all very sweet and friendly and you should have a great time.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #34 on: February 08, 2013, 10:28:34 AM »
As odd as it sounds, it's relatively hard to find ATMs in Tokyo and many places (including the subway) do not accept cc. Make sure you leave the airport with enough cash.
Best bet for finding ATM's is in any 7-11 shop

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #35 on: February 08, 2013, 11:54:28 AM »
Best bet for finding ATM's is in any 7-11 shop
+1 was funny seeing a 7-11 tilll I realized it has nothing in common with the ones here.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #36 on: February 08, 2013, 12:30:20 PM »
Best bet for finding ATM's is in any 7-11 shop
Dont take foreign credit cards in my multiple infuriating experiences.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2013, 12:33:22 PM »
Dont take foreign credit cards in my multiple infuriating experiences.
Not even atm debit cards?

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2013, 01:10:10 PM »
Not even atm debit cards?
Tried, no go.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: February 08, 2013, 01:12:06 PM »
Tried, no go.
So Airport exchange it is. How much do I need for the day?
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2013, 01:03:19 AM »
That is good it gives you the daytime. You can go to Asakusa, which is reachable by subway once you get to the main train station in Tokyo, forgot which line (may be the Ginza line). That is the old Tokyo, lots of cool architecture and ppl running around in long japanese robes etc. There is a huge temple there which we did not go into of course. Then from there you can catch a subway to Akihabara, which is this huge electronic store, about 7 stories high with everything digital and then some. You can go up Tokyo tower to see the city from above, I was there at night. The ppl though are the best part. Anyone who knew any English when I asked them directions instead of telling me where to go they would walk me until I found it. This happened every single time and often it would take them out of their way by a good ten minuted. They are all very sweet and friendly and you should have a great time.
@Fan of Dan thank you very much!!! I followed your schedule exactly and it was wonderful! I loved Tokyo!

When I landed I went straight to exchange cash as mentioned the trains don't take CC. I got 10,000 yen for $100 IIRC. Throughout the day I spent half that money and ended up making a profit on the return as the dollar gained value throughout the day so in total I spent about $45.

The train system is very good in Tokyo and after reading the map and taking 2 trains I had the entire system figured out. Theyhhave English signs and announcements on the trains...

First I went to the temple as suggested and it was very neat just seeing the old Japanese architecture spread out around the entire city while getting there by train. Once you get there you walk by tons of stands selling local tourist products, most of it looked cheap and junky, but for regular pricing. I bought some of the same products in the Singapore china town for cheaper, so that was my price ccompare. Besides that the temple was neat to see and the people wearing robes etc...

Next I went to Akhihabra the electronic capital. I really wanted to use wifi and went to an internet cafe. Total waste of 15 minutes as they wanted me to buy a required membership and then internet time. Plus they didn't speak any English...

The street itself is loaded with animated comic and movie stores. I will hopefully never understand what I can only call an animation fetish these people have and created a culture out of it. I was a pretty weirded out walking though a 7 story building only selling animated movies and comic books of half dressed people...

My favorite part of this street was the arcades! They have 7 floor buildings packed wall to wall with every arcade game you'vesseen from the 80's to today. They were fantastic and totally over the top. I saw it as Dave and busters on steroids. The actual electronics aspect didn't impress me at all as mentioned before in 2013 basically everything comes out worldwide simultaneously unlike 10 years ago...

By now I had the subway system figured out and decided I had enough time to go to sky tree and get a nice view of Tokyo. Unfortunately it started raining and the information desk actually told me it would be a waste of time going up as the view is so limited. Never the less it was a nice area and the sky tree does look.very impressive. I'm glad I visited it instead of an Eiffel tower knockoff...

Next I headed back to the airport and took a nice shower in the united lounge on narita. They had local soaps given in each shower and were IME the best soaps I've ever used in a lounge easily competing with fancy soaps provided in Fairmonts and the type. I also went to the other star gold lounge which was closer to my gate and had a better selection of alcohol. Ask a Rabbi about drinking Sake. This lounge provides an open bar with what is suppose to be one of the best bottles of Sake in theworld.

Thanks again everyone for your very helpful advise. I would go back to Tokyo based on how much I enjoyed it my first short visit.

Also to note many young people spoke some english and Tokyo was full of very kind and helpful people.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: March 20, 2013, 02:43:22 AM »
@Fan of Dan thank you very much!!! I followed your schedule exactly and it was wonderful! I loved Tokyo!

Your welcome I'm glad it worked out so well! Thanks for writing up about it, and yes I completely agree Tokyo is a really awesome place with the best ppl!

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: March 21, 2013, 10:14:39 AM »
Tried, no go.
I lived there for a year and would exclusively use 7-11 ATM's to get cash using my CapOne debit card, even used it for an Amex CA once.  The JapanPost ATM's don't take foreign cards but 7-11 definitely should have been fine if you called your bank ahead of time.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: March 25, 2014, 07:41:11 AM »
Hey im traveling to Tokyo in early april for 3 days, anyone have any ideas of some must see things there? Not really intrested in shrines or temples though looking for attractions i cant do/see elsewhere?
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #44 on: March 25, 2014, 07:54:50 AM »
Fashion district in Harajuku, electronics district in Akihabara, New York Bar at the Park Hyatt where on a clear day you see Mount Fuji.  If you're there during cherry blossom season, make sure to go to Ueno Park.  Also a Japanese baseball game is like nothing you've never seen before.  Instead of trying to get tickets to a Yomiuri Giants game, go to the Yakult Swallows or if they're not in town the Chiba Lotte Marines.